The Devilish Complexities of Divine Simplicity

Philo 6 (1):10-22 (2003)
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Abstract

In On the Nature and Existence of God, Richard Gale follows majority opinion in giving very short shrift to the doctrine of divine simplicity: in his view, there is no coherent expressible doctrine of divine simplicity. Rising to the implicit challenge, I argue that---contrary to what is widely believed---there is a coherently expressible doctrine of divine simplicity, though it is rather different from the views that are typically expressed by defenders of this doctrine. At the very least, I think that I manage to show that there are ways of understanding the doctrine of divine simplicity that have not yet been adequately examined.

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Divine Simplicity.William F. Vallicella - 2019 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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Making Sense of Divine Simplicity.Jeffrey E. Brower - 2008 - Faith and Philosophy 25 (1):3-30.
Nestes Modes, ’Qua’ and the Incarnation.Alexander R. Pruss - 2014 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 6 (2):65--80.
Divine properties, parts, and parity.Joseph Stenberg - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75 (5):388-405.

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